What is Physical Therapy, and How Can it Help You?

physical-therapyPhysical Therapists are experts in improving mobility and motion. Physical Therapists use hands on treatments and specific exercises to treat a variety of problems ranging from headaches and spine pain, knee pain and hip pain, to foot and ankle pain. Some Physical Therapists specialize in the treatment of Women’s Health conditions like incontinence and pelvic pain. Other Physical Therapists specialize in the treatment of Sports injuries and bone and joint injuries also known as Orthopedic injuries. Many people are referred to Physical Therapy after surgery or a major accident. Other people go to Physical Therapy because they have pain or limitations in their abilities to do normal activities. Diagnoses like back and neck pain, hip and knee pain and plantar fasciitis or foot pain are common reasons for people to see a Physical Therapist. In some cases, Physical Therapy has been known to prevent the need for surgery and reduce the need for prescription medications. Most insurance covers treatment by Physical Therapists. In many cases you just need a prescription from your Physician, PA, or Nurse Practitioner for the treatment to be covered by your insurance.

Too many people suffer from pain conditions that are treatable. In the next 6 editions, I will be discussing different topics and what you can do to help alleviate pain. Check back for my articles on Back Pain, Headaches, Foot Pain, Knee Pain and Hip Pain. For more information about Physical Therapy and what Physical Therapists can do for you visit www.BodycentralPT.net or call (520)325-4002 to schedule an appointment.

 

Dr. Jennifer Allen is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in the areas of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, and is a Certified Hand Therapist. She is a co-founder of Bodycentral Physical Therapy and the Ultimate Sports Asylum in Tucson, Arizona.